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„Open Humboldt Freiräume“ funds three professors and one postdoc in the summer semester 2022 and the winter semester 2022/2023

The funded projects and researchers for the new round of the "Open Humboldt Freiräume" funding line have been selected. The Open Humboldt expert group has recommended four applications for funding. The President and the Vice Presidents of HU Berlin have followed this recommendation and will fund the following four projects in the summer semester 2022 and winter semester 2022/2023:

  • Dr. Anna Beniermann (Postdoc), Faculty of Life Sciences, Department of Biology, project title: Gameplay in urban spaces: Science communication on climate change using the computer game "TRAIN 4 Science" (summer semester 2022)
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Niewöhner, Faculty of Philosophy, Institute of European Ethnology / IRI THESys, project title: The Wildenbruch-Lab (summer semester 2022)
  • Prof. Dr. Jule Specht, Faculty of Life Sciences, Department of Psychology, project title: PerSociety: a digital exchange platform on Personality and Society (summer semester 2022) (SoSe 2022)
  • Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Verhoeven, Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Institut für Deutsche Sprache und Linguistik, Projekttitel: Berlin Spricht! Exploring urban linguistic diversity, empowering language communities, strengthening ties to science (winter semester 2022/23) 

Abtracts of the funded projects in 2022/23 

What does „OpenHumboldt Freiräume“ offer?

The funded scientists will be granted a leave of absence for one semester with continued salary. Teaching responsibilities and other institutional duties are suspended during this time. The  Berlin University  Alliance provides the institute at which the scientists are employed with personnel funds to finance the replacement position.

The new funding line Open Humboldt Freiräume was established at HU Berlin in summer semester 2021. Its goal is to foster knowledge exchange between research and society. The focus is on the idea that researchers need enough time to engage in dialogue with society and to develop projects in the field of knowledge exchange / transfer / science communication.

In the new call for proposals for Open Humboldt Freiräume for 2022/23, a total of eleven applications were submitted.

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Dr. Iris Cseke
Referat für Strategieentwicklung im Präsidialbereich (PB3)

Phone: +49 30 2093-20073